Val'Quirico crowded

Val’Quirico, a medieval city or an amusement park?

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A most medieval city, where you imagine yourself in Italian Tuscany. But you are in Mexico, between Puebla and Mexico City. Val’Quirico was built in 2015 and is still under development, so you can’t literally call it medieval.

No, this city is completely (re)built after the Tuscan example. Including the narrow passages, the squares, and the illogical bends. This is a real real estate project, where commerce, living, and tourism come together. The builders of Val’Quierico have looked closely at Tuscany, or at Mediterranean Europe, and in a way have also succeeded in bringing that authentic atmosphere to this new city. Personally, I prefer the real deal, like Taxco, San Miguel de Allende or Cuetzalan.

It doesn’t help that they’re still building, but that’s not the worst. You are really in an amusement park and not perceptibly in a medieval town. You’ve got to love it; I don’t do that so much. But the Mexican tourist loves it.

  • Val'Quirico the map
  • Val'Quirico parking
  • Val'Quirico band
  • Val'Quirico ruine
  • Val'Quirico crowded

How to reach Val’Quirico

Whether you go from Puebla to Mexico or the other way around: take exit Xoxtla, follow the signs and you will arrive in Val’Quirico within fifteen minutes. You park your car in the gigantic parking lot, pay 50 pesos for this and you follow the crowd. Entry to the village is free. You will soon be on one of the many squares of the village. A band plays in the village square, as is plenty of entertainment on offer everywhere. There are tours going to Val’Quirico, especially from Puebla. I’ve found this one, in combination with Hacienda de Chautla, which is wonderful. Of course, you can go on your own in a rental car. There is no public transport to Val’Quirico.

Restaurants, shopping and entertainment

The more than twenty restaurants easily attract everyone inside or to their terrace. They all have their own kitchen; from Africa to Italian of course. From paella to tacos. And in the meantime, you walk over the heads, because Val’Quirico is extremely popular. What will you find here?

  • 21 restaurants
  • 35 fashion and craft stores
  • 21 lifestyle stores
  • 5 bars
  • 9 cafeterias
  • 4 hotels
  • 5 galleries
  • 2 playgrounds
  • Val'Quirico empty street
  • Val'Quirico new building
  • Val'Quirico random street
  • Val'Quirico building
  • Val'Quirico stella artois

How does it look like?

There are (almost) no people living in the tourist area. The buildings are there for shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Young men cycle tourists from place to place and show them around.

There are a few hotels where you can spend the night and just outside the tourist area are houses, also in this style. Val’Quierico was built around and near the remains of Santa Agueda hacienda, from ancient times. All the alleys are paved, the houses built of wood and stones, to give it a romantic atmosphere. It is not wheelchair-friendly in that respect, just as it is not advisable to walk here in high heels.

The atmosphere

And that atmosphere works wonderfully: the buildings have been successful, the streets are beautiful, the passageways romantic and the lighting tasteful.

But everything breathes one thing: tourism. 0 history. No “real” life. You almost long for the street vendors of Mexico City, because here everyone is busy with one thing: shooting the perfect pictures. Like being in Amsterdam or Venice. And that makes it implausible for Val’Quirico because the project is of course far from those kinds of cities.

  • Val'Quirico walking on the square
  • Val'Quirico stairs
  • Val'Quirico statue
  • Val'Quirico narrow street
  • Val'Quirico new

An amusement park

According to the developers, Val’Quierico combines the best of Mexico with the best of Europe. Perhaps they are right: the town is extremely popular, partly thanks to moneylenders/sponsors such as the Belgian brewer Stella Artois and Bose.

When we go home around four in the afternoon, we drive into a traffic jam. It has been busy all day and that is actually the reason for us to leave again. In the evening it is apparently overcrowded with tourists. Street theatre, music, atmospheric lighting, bulging restaurants, and plenty of liveliness: the masses are always right, so the Val’Quierico project is a very successful one in that regard.

A visit to Val’Quierico is therefore certainly not advisable, but there is a good chance that it will be a one-off.

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